The first attempt to create a touchscreen phone has been successfully implemented 20 years ago.
Times are changing, the new technology does not stand still, and now touchscreen phones have taken a firm stand on the cellular market.
We can not imagine modern life withoutcell phone use, it has become an integral part. But some ten years ago, not everyone could afford to buy a cell phone, basically, he was considered a luxury item.
Currently, the industry of mobile technologydeveloping dynamically from year to year are more and more new models. However, the real revolution in this steel touchscreen phones, which have gained wide popularity among users and virtually pushed out of normal sales "push-button".
The creator of the first touchscreen phone
Few people know this, but in reality the first touchscreen phone was invented in 1993 by IBM, a large part of its activities which devoted the creation of computer equipment.
This company was established back in 1896 engineer Herman Hollerith. Initially, it had the name of the Tabulating Machine Company engaged in the production and accounting machines. In 1911, TMC merged with the companies of Charles Flint - International Time Recording Company and the Computing Scale Corporation. As a result of this process we formed the corporation Computing Tabulating Recording (CTR). In 1917, the company CTR entered the Canadian market under the name International Business Machines (IBM), and in 1924 the US subsidiary and changed its name.
The first touchscreen phone has received IBM nameSimon. In those years, it seemed the supreme invention include phones and created a furor, but weighed more than 0.5 kg and resembled a "brick" that has nothing to do with modern light gadgets. With all that its touch screen designed to work with a stylus, most of the operations have been possible to carry out with your fingers.
Simon was equipped with black and white screen160 * 293 and a built-in modem. The battery has been designed for one hour of continuous talk time and 8-12 hours in standby mode. In addition, a special slot for additional memory has been provided in the phone design.
The operating system is one of theversions of DOS, which was developed by Datalight. Phone has 1 MB of RAM and 1 MB for a variety of data and applications. The IBM Simon system envisaged receiving faxes, e-mail, it could function as a pager, and run embedded applications.
this phone cost was prohibitive- About 900 US dollars at the conclusion of the contract with the operator for a period of up to two years or 1100 without this condition. Despite its uniqueness, the gadget is often out of order and the vast spread has not received among users. As a result, environments, IBM refused to venture production of mobile.